Dr. Aaronson joined ADAA in 2004 and after serving on the membership and conference committees, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. She served as Board Secretary until 2016 and has been actively involved in ADAA in numerous ways including co-chairing the 2020/21 conference.
At the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, she teaches medical students Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) through a Mount Sinai program at a clinic in East Harlem. The clinic treats uninsured, often undocumented, individuals in the area in need of care, receiving both medical and psychiatric treatment by volunteer medical students under the supervision of attending physicians. She also supervises resident psychiatrists and psychology interns on their clinical CBT cases.
Dr. Aaronson’s clinical interests include panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and depression. Her previous research involved developing new types of treatment interventions for PTSD, depression, and interventions to encourage initiation of and adherence to hepatitis C medication treatment. She was also involved in a study using an internet-based intervention for PTSD in police first-responders to 9/11.
During the pandemic, Dr. Aaronson assisted Mount Sinai in starting a mental health healthcare program conducted by social workers for the faculty and staff of Mount Sinai. Trained didactically, she supervised the clinicians whose work was focused on using CBT for anxiety and depression, as well as burn-out.
- Member and Secretary, Board of Directors, ADAA 2013-2016
- Member, Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy
- Member, Academy of Cognitive Therapy
- Member, NYC-CBT